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Dentists search for causes behind childhood tooth decay
Updated: 3/15/2012 7:00:12 PM

Dentists search for causes behind childhood tooth decay  

A recent article published in The New York Times discussed the growing number of young children who are showing up at the dentist with so many cavities that they need to have surgery. In response, many dentists have been offering their opinions on why this is happening, and what should be done to stop it.

For example, The Marietta Times, an Ohio news source, spoke to Paul Casamassimo, chief of dentistry at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, who said that his hospital performed 2,500 procedures in 2011 to fix kids' teeth. Gandee Licklider, another Ohio dentist, gave one opinion on what is to blame for this problem.

"I attribute it to more kids drinking pop, sweet tea and sports drinks at an earlier age," said Licklider, quoted by the news source.

The dentist added that the increased use of gummy vitamins and snacks may also be a factor influencing tooth decay in children. Both dental health professionals suggested that parents monitor their children to make sure they are brushing their teeth correctly.

Parents who are unsure if their children are in proper dental health should visit the dentist as soon as possible. Children should have their first dental visit when they get their first tooth or before they turn 1.

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